Grippers / Actuators / End Effectors

AerobotixFerro400x275Aerobotix and FerRobotics have announced a partnership to create the first Class II, Division 1 (C2D1) end of arm tool (EAOT) automated sander. Meeting a demand for a hazardous-environment solution that achieves time and cost efficiencies along with enabling safer work environments, the special orbital sander lessens human involvement in hazardous tasks.


SchunckGripper400x275The JGP-P 2-finger parallel gripper can be used to load and unload machine tools, as well as work in clean and slightly dirty surroundings. It can be used in pick and place tasks for assembly work, as well as other related applications.


OnRobotIMTS MachineTend400x275OnRobot has announced it will preview its automated, application-centered D:PLOY software platform for robotic deployment at next week’s IMTS 2022 show in Chicago. The system can automatically discover and configure all the components in a robotic cell – including collaborative or light industrial robot arm and tools, as well as integrating external I/O from sensors and machines.


CMU WHIRL 400x275Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a new learning methods for robots that lets them learn directly from human-interaction videos and generalize that information to new tasks. The researchers are hoping this will make robots well-suited to learn household chores.


Blueprint ReachRobotics400x275Blueprint Lab Pty Ltd., based in Sydney, Australia, has announced it will change its corporate name to Reach Robotics to reflect the company’s mission and technologies. The company creates advanced robotic arm solutions for harsh environments, enabling inspection and intervention in maritime infrastructure management, military and police operations, among other tasks.


RE2 Starfish400x275RE2 LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sarcos Technology and Robotics Corp., has announced it achieved a significant technical milestone with its Strong Tactile mARitime hand for Feeling, Inspecting, Sensing and Handling (STARFISH). The underwater end-of-arm tooling project is being funded through the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research to develop an advanced gripper with tactile feedback for mine countermeasures and explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) for the Navy. The company said it has successfully assembled and lab-tested a complete STARFISH gripper that can grasp and hold a variety of different objects.


OnRobotPalletizer400x275Denmark-based OnRobot has launched the OnRobot Palletizer solution, a collaborative application package designed to reduce the physical and financial pain from palletizing processes. The system can handle many different sizes of boxes, patterns, pallets and stacking heights, and is compatible with collaborative and light industrial robots from brands such as Doosan, FANUC, OMRON, Techman and Universal Robots.


SoftRobotics mGripAI 400x275Soft Robotics has announced it expanded the commercial focus for its mGripAI artificial intelligence-enabled picking solutions, to include the consumer goods, e-commerce and logistics industries. The combination of 3D vision, AI and soft grasping gives industrial robots the dexterity and hand-eye coordination of human workers, enabling their use in unstructured applications that include order fulfillment, sortation, decanting, and kitting, the company said.


HitecBooth400x275At this year’s Xponential 2022 event in Orlando, Hitec exhibited products ranging from their well-known actuators to their advanced drone systems, but of special interest were the company’s newest American-made and marketed sensors and electronics.


Contactile 400x275Australian startup Contactile adds weight and friction detection abilities to sensors for better manipulation of objects by robot grippers. The firm announced raising $2.5 million in seed funding to scale the development of the sensors.


CeleraAura400x275Celera Motion has announced new sizes and capabilities for its Aura Absolute Chip Encoder series of rotary and linear optical encoders with MicroE technology. The new line of products aims to meet all the typical sizes needed in a robot arm – from small end effectors at the end of an arm to the upper shoulder joints.


IKO LWLF2 400x275Expanding its LWL family of miniature guides, IKO has announced the LWLF2 linear motion rolling guide, which addresses the demand for device miniaturization with a compact and lightweight design to make it easier for mounting in tight spaces.


ElecElectroCraft APES23 400x275troCraft’s APES23 is a 56mm/NEMA 23 frame, hybrid stepper-based linear actuator. New NEMA17 and NEMA23 frames are available for greatly enhanced performance capabilities.


RightHandFunding400x275Boston-based RightHand Robotics, which develops autonomous picking systems for order fulfillment, has announced it raised $66 million in a Series C financing round. The company said it plans to use the funding to accelerate product and business development, scale its global presence and partner network, and expand its offices and invest in talent acquisition.


FirgelliMicroActuator400x275Firgelli Automations has announced developing what it believes is the world’s smallest Diameter Micro Actuator with Positional feedback control, capable of controlling positions to within 1 micron. The technology would revolutionize industries that include robotics, automotive, industrial and medical, the company said.


Piab SOFTGRIP100 4 400x275Piab has announced the new and largest piSOFTGRIP 100-4, developed with food industry automation tasks, but also with the capability of handling odd-shaped machine parts or to remove injection molded parts.